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TIDAL ECO-MORPHODYNAMICS

CODE 97239
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 5 cfu during the 2nd year of 10720 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (LM-35) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ICAR/01
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Students will be instructed on the general processes involved in the morphodynamics and eco-morphodynamics of tidal environments, gaining useful skills to research and consultancy purposes

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The module aims to provide some knowledge about the morphodynamic evolution of tidal basins and estuaries. Estuaries and lagoons are indeed important nature areas in and around which many human activities take place. These features together with the adjacent coasts form a coherent system in terms of water movement, sediment budget and morphology. The knowledge in this area is thus needed for the sustainable management of coastal systems. This involves ensuring safety against flooding, optimal economic use and preservation of the natural character of the systems.

    Attendance and active participation in frontal lessons and individual study will allow the student to

    - to know in depth the main morphological structures of tidal environments;

    - apply the principles of hydrodynamics and morphodynamics to tidal environments;

    - solve hydro-morphodynamic problems by solving the governing equations in simplified cases;

    - describe the hydro-morphodynamic effects associated with the presence of biofilms and vegetation.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The module consists of about 50 hours of frontal lectures carried out by the teacher in which the theory will be presented and applied. The students are supposed to acquire the basic concepts of the hydro-morphdynamics of tidal environments and to be able to apply them. A report is required. The students will take advantage of the material made available on the website [e.g. Aulaweb]. 

    Working students and students with SLD, disability or other special educational need certificate, are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning modalities.

     

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course programme includes the presentation and discussion of the following topics: 

    Introduction to tidal environments: estuaries and lagoons

    Tides.

    Propagation of a tidal wave in an estuary.

    Tidal inlets hydrodynamics and stability.

    Introduction to estuarine and lagoon morphodynamics.

    Eco-hydraulic: Biofilm, vegetation.

    Some examples of interaction between vegetation and hydro and morphodynamics processes in tidal environments.

    Possible effects related to the sea level rise.

     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    All teaching material will be available on aul@web. In general, notes taken during lessons and material provided on aul@web allow for the preparation of the exam.

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    MICHELE BOLLA PITTALUGA (President)

    NICOLETTA TAMBRONI (President)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    In order to access the exam, the student is required to produce a report containing some applications presented during the course. The exam includes only an oral test which is aimed at ascertaining the degree of knowledge of the topics covered during the lectures. In particular, questions focus on the formulation of the problems addressed in the course, which allow to derive the application tools used in the tutorials. Usually, the students will be asked three questions on relatively large subjects, leaving the details to the following discussion.

    Working students and students with SLD, disability or other special educational need certificate, are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning modalities.

     

     

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The oral exam will focus primarily on the topics covered during the frontal lessons and will aim to assess not only whether the student has reached an appropriate level of knowledge, but whether he/she has acquired the ability to critically analyze problems that will be asked during the exam. If necessary, the student will be asked to solve simple problems in order to evaluate the his/her skills.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes